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Original U.S. Civil War Era Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army .32cal Revolver with 6" Barrel - Serial No. 36493

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Smith & Wesson .32-caliber rimfire Model 2 Army Revolver, made just after the end of the U.S. Civil War. It features a 6 inch unshortened barrel, and has a lovely service worn patina of age. These were very popular as backup weapons for Union officers, used after their percussion revolver's cylinder was spent.

The serial number is 36493, dating the year of production to be approximately mid-late 1865, just after the war ended. Examples with serial number 35731 and lower were produced before May 1st, 1865, so this was most likely made just a few months later. With three pins on the top of the frame and a large serial number, some consider this to be a Model 2, type 4. The hardwood grips are original and have a matching serial number on the inside of the right scale, still both bearing the original finish on the exterior, though it is worn from cleaning and use. The revolver has a lovely aged dark gray patina overall, with some areas of the original blued finish still present, giving it a great look.

It still has the original Smith & Wesson address marking nicely marked on top of the barrel rib:

SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD. MASS

The Patent information on the cylinder is still present with a bit of wear, but is still easily legible, even without a magnifier:

PATENTED APRIL 3. 1855. JULY 5.1859 & DEC 18 1860.

Also, assembly number H 6 can be seen on the grip frame under the grips, though the markings on the front of the cylinder and rear of the barrel have both been worn off due to powder burn.

The revolver cycles well, with relatively good indexing and and a crisp dry fire. There is however some slop in the action due to wear, and the cylinder lock is worn, so the cylinder can be turned at full cock with only light force. The bore is in fair to good condition, with clear lands and grooves, but also showing past pitting an oxidation as well as wear.

Revolvers with serial numbers under 35,731 are considered to be civil war guns since they were manufactured before May 1st, 1865. All are 32-caliber rimfire with a six shot non-fluted cylinder. All were manufactured with rosewood grips and blue or nickel-plated finishes. The barrels are marked on top with the manufacturer and patent dates are stamped on the cylinder. Most were made with 6 or 5 inch barrels, with 4 available as a special order.

According to published sources, 77,155 Model 2 Army revolvers were made. To date, the serial numbers on observed specimens have not substantiated this figure, 76,642 being the highest number noted. Unfortunately, the Smith & Wesson factory records for this period are incomplete and do not give a comprehensive picture of production.

This is a nice chance to own a historically significant gun in very good condition! Made just after the Civil War, this revolver is ready to display!

Specifications: 

Year of Manufacture: mid-late 1865
Caliber: .32cal
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 6 inches
Overall Length: 11 inches
Action: Single Action 
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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